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Discus: What Are My Chances?: September 2003 Archive: Collegelist
By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 05:30 pm: Edit

ok, i got my list right here:

EA-University of Miami (6 year med program)
EA-University of Florida
Case Western Reserve (PreProfessional
Scholars Program in Medicine
EA-Rice(Rice-Baylor med program)
WashU (whole buncha scholarships,
mostimportantly, University Scholars
Program in Medicine)
Princeton
Harvard
UPenn
McGill
Yale

SAT-1420 (Math:760, Verbal:660)
GPA-4.0 Unweighted, 5.8666 Weighted
SATII- Writing:780 (perfect essay score, btw)
Math IIC:740 (that was 2nd time, first was
700)
U.S History:740
Chemistry:720
Physics:690

AP- Sophomore: Calculus BC:5 (5 on Calculus AB
subscore as well)
Chemistry:5
European History:5

Junior: Physics C Mechanics:5
U.S History:5
Statistics:4
Human Geography:4
English Language:3 (ugh)
*btw, I also took a Linear Algebra dual
enrollment course at my local university and
got an A

Prospective Senior year Schedule-
AP Biology
AP Gov/Economics
AP English Lit.
AP World History
Hon. Spanish 3
*Multivariable Calculus/Differential Equations (for the first time this dual enrollment course with the local university is being offered at my school since many students had finished AP Statistics as juniors)

- I live in Miami, Fl
- was born and lived in Brazil until I
was 5 (Portugese was the first
language I learned)
- I have been an accomplished 7 year
violinst

So based on these stats, how do my chances look at these schools? Are any out of reach? Any safe predictions? Let me know all of your opinions!

By Anduin (Anduin) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 08:22 pm: Edit

Your grades and test scores are impressive, particularly with respect to all of your AP's. Your extensive preparation in mathematics is a real bonus as well. What's your class rank?

What EC's do you do, and what leadership positions do you hold? At the selective schools you're talking about, both are a must.

If and only if you have good EC's, you have a good shot at pretty much all of the schools you're looking at. If not, I would say that most of your RD schools are reaches.

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 09:30 pm: Edit

I am pretty sure i am in the top ten (hopefully the top 5)out of a class of about 800-750 students.
Here are my ECs. Its long but i divided it for every year, so basically you can pretty much get the feeling of what I'm mainly involved in

Math
9th Grade
- Participant in ΜΑΘ Competitions
- Highest scorer in Algebra II Individual Competition
- 3rd place/50 in ΜΑΘ Neophyte Test
- Inducted into ΜΑΘ (Math Honors Society)
- Member of Math Club

10th Grade
-ΜΑΘ Math Competitions (Calculus Team member)
-ΜΑΘ Dynamic Duo Award

11th Grade
-Most Outstanding Math Junior
-Top student in Linear Algebra class at Florida International Univ.
-ΜΑΘ Competitions
-ΜΑΘ Secretary
-Prepared and administered membership and neophyte test

*12th Grade
-Member of ΜΑΘ Tutoring Committee
-Participant in ΜΑΘ Competitions

Science
9th Grade
-Outstanding Freshman Science Award winner
- 20th place/200 in ΦΒΧ Neophyte Test
- Biology Award for Honors Biology
- Award for 5th highest GPA for Honors Gifted Chemistry
- Inducted into ΦΒΧ (Science Honors Society)
- Selected to 4 member Palmetto Chemistry Team A
- Captain of Chemistry Team A for Chemistry Division of Barry University
Science Olympiad
- 2nd place in Chemistry Division of Barry University Science Olympiad

10th Grade
-continuing ΦΒΧ (Science Honors Society) member
-6th highest GPA for AP Chemistry in Mr. Salon’s class of 140 students

11th Grade
-Selected to Varsity Team A for JETS TEAMS competition
-1st place in JETS TEAMS competition
-1st place in JETS TEAMS State competition
-6th place for Division 9 in JETS TEAMS National competition
-2nd place in NEDC (National Engineering Design competition)
-Selected to 6 member Palmetto Physics Team
-Top scorer for Physics Division in Barry University Science Olympiad
-2nd place for Physics Division in Barry University Science Olympiad
-JETS (Junior Engineering Technology Society)-member
-Continuing member of Phi Beta Chi
*12th Grade
-ΦΒΧ Physics Tutoring Coordinator
-Participant in Biology Division of Barry University Science Olympiad
-Participant in JETS TEAMS competition
-Continuing member of JETS

Social Studies
9th Grade
-Selected to 5 member Geography Bee Team
-1st place in Miami-Dade County Geography Bee
-Selected to 10 member Knowledge Bowl Team
-2nd place in Miami-Dade County Knowledge Bowl
-Member of Key Club
-Member of Social Studies Competitors Club

10th Grade
-Inducted into National Honors Society
-Selected to 5 member Geography Bee Team
-3rd Place in Miami-Dade County Geography Bee
-Selected to 10 member Knowledge Bowl Team
-Honorable Delegate Award (Sweden) in Model United Nations (organized by
Florida International University)
-Inducted into Social Studies Honors Society

11th Grade
-The Most Outstanding Participant in Model United Nations
-Outstanding position paper (Indonesia) on terrorism
-Outstanding delegate (Indonesia) terrorism committee
-Outstanding delegation (Indonesia)
-Captain of 5 member Geography Bee Team
-2nd place Miami-Dade County Geography Bee
- Selected to 10 member Knowledge Bowl Team
-4th place Miami-Dade County Knowledge Bowl Team
-Continuing member of Social Studies Honors Society
-Continuing member of National Honors Society

*12th Grade
-Social Studies Competitors Club Secretary
-Continuing member of Social Studies Honors Society
-Continuing member of National Honors Society
-Participant in Miami-Dade County Geography Bee
-Participant in Miami-Dade County Knowledge Bowl
-Participant in Model United Nations

Music
9th Grade
-Most Outstanding Freshman of Advanced Orchestra
- Superior Ratings for Solo and Ensemble in Solo and Ensemble Festival
-Superior Ratings for District and State Orchestra Evaluations
-Selected to Dade County Superintendents Senior High School Honors Orchestra
-Selected to play in New World Symphony Side-by-Side Concert
-Member of New World Symphony Chamber Groups in “Thursday Afternoon
Concerts” in Miami Beach
-Formed The Rising Star Quartet and participated in 2 recitals
-Participated in “Fiddler on the Roof” school musical

10th Grade
-1st chair 9-10 grade All-State Orchestra 2002
-Superior rating for solo and ensemble- Solo and Ensemble Festival
-Winner of school concerto competition
- Led The Rising Star Quartet to represent school in 10 occasions
- Librarian of orchestra
- National Student Orchestra Association Award
- Orchestra Officer Award
- Joined Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra (a mentoring orchestra which pairs
students with professional musicians that serve as mentors)
- Participated in “Anything Goes” school musical

11th Grade
- Continued as the leader and the first violinist of The Rising Star Quartet, which
gave numerous performances
- Continuing member of Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

*12th Grade
- Continue with The Rising Star Quartet
- Continuing member of Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra
- Participant in Solo and Ensemble Festival

Service
10th Grade
- Started Music Therapy Community Service Project-Visited Jackson South
Community Hospital patients individually every week and played violin for them
for two hours (8 months); also brought The Rising Star Quartet to perform at the
hospital
- Most Distinguished Community Service Award
- Mu Alpha Theta tutoring
- Phi Beta Chi tutoring

11th Grade
-Continued with Music Therapy Community Service Project- Played violin for
residents at St. Anne’s Nursing Home every week (October-present); also played
with The Rising Star Quartet at the nursing home
-Numerous community service performances by The Rising Star Quartet
-Mu Alpha Theta tutoring
-Phi Beta Chi tutoring

*12th Grade
- Continue with Music Therapy Community Service Project
- Continue with The Rising Star Quartet community service performances
- Mu Alpha Theta tutoring
- Phi Beta Chi tutoring

Other Awards
9th Grade
-Winner of Pinecrest Tribune Poetry Contest

10th Grade
-2002 AP Scholar

11th Grade
-Inducted into English Honors Society
-2003 AP Scholar with Distinction

*12th Grade
-Continue with English Honors Society
-2004 National AP Scholar

* indicates predicted activities for 12th grade

By Istalam (Istalam) on Monday, September 01, 2003 - 09:42 pm: Edit

No way man, i doubt you will get into rice, let alone the rice-baylor med (near, absolute near impossible), Case and mcgill sure fire, everything else fifty fifty

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 09:21 pm: Edit

you really think its that hard to get into Rice?

By Sunshine916 (Sunshine916) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 09:27 pm: Edit

getting into case is pretty hard too. they told me over 600 apply, and 25 get in. most of the kids who get in are pretty hardcore...

of coures you have a great chance, considering your 5 foot long length of EC's and awards. yeeesh

By Neo (Neo) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 09:38 pm: Edit

A list that long is going to bore the brains out of any level-headed admissions officer. I'd reject you just because of your bloated list of E.C.s. Why should anyone believe any of them meant anything to you, and that you didn't just make a competition out of stacking them up from grade 9?

If none of them actually mean anything to you -- if they're just stats -- then they're not likely to mean anything to any Adcom.

They want to build great PEOPLE, not accept accomplished robots.

By Hsimpson2k4 (Hsimpson2k4) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 10:47 pm: Edit

Jeez man!!!!!! It's almost like you have entered every single competition available!! It's better to have one outstanding feat than 1000 accomplishments.

By Texan (Texan) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 11:20 pm: Edit

u have a good chance at rice and also the rice/baylor...they like people like you...but try to raise those SAT scores...im the one without a chance (1300 :() and apply interim

By Soozievt (Soozievt) on Tuesday, September 02, 2003 - 11:57 pm: Edit

Just a note about your EC list and awards.....you are obviously well accomplished in academic competitions and achievements and in music. Instead of doing the list by grade (which makes you repeat the activity over several times as you have done many continually....good by the way..), list the accomplishments by activity. For example, with the quartet and the ensemble, rather than repeat that by grade, list your music activities and next to each one, indicate which grades you participated, hours per week, weeks per year, and then any accomplishments or pertinent info. along with it. So, if you won a music award, it might be listed under this. So, instead of a chronological list, it is a list of actvities. And there is a list of awards. If the award goes with an activity (ie., all states in music), give that achievement under the description of the music activities.


Good luck.
Susan

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 04:53 pm: Edit

thanks for the comments on my ECs, ill be sure to revise it. Unforunately, my SAT score will remain the same(ive already taken it 3 times and have aways done the same on verbal, infact i started out with a 1350, ugh). hopefully the APs and SAT II's make up for it.

By Cornell00 (Cornell00) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 05:29 pm: Edit

great shot at alot of schools on your list
hey thats awsome University of Miami (6 year med program)????
can you please tell me what else do you know aboiut that univ please?
i know mcgill biology major is 3 years only and hey im goint for med aswell so a year less sounds good but the one your talking about the 6 year program now thats impressive
what else do you know about that 6 year program?

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 06:32 pm: Edit

Cornell00, the UM 6 year med program allows you to get a BS and MD degree in 6 years (2 years undergrad and 4 years grad). Its very selective..I think they choose 20 people. Good luck with finding anymore med programs.

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 08:56 pm: Edit

hey but of the ivy leagues, which do i have the best shot at?

By Cornell00 (Cornell00) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 09:30 pm: Edit

thanks!!

princeton,im kind of ceratin ull get in and yale depends on your essays and recs

By Nealp (Nealp) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 09:43 pm: Edit

those ecs are pretty bad. absolutely no leadership ( i think...i got lost reading it...) also, get rid of the 6th highest grade crap in 140 students ap chem class. get rid of almost all of those "'""""awards"""""" b/c they mean almost nothing. sorry

By Texan (Texan) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 10:19 pm: Edit

the rice/baylor med program is really really tough to get into...but the average scores are like 1350-1550 so i guess it depends a lot on ec's and work done in the med field<-really helps...evaluate my chances at "anyone brave enough to evaluate me?" thanks and gooood luck

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 10:29 pm: Edit

thx, yea i like princeton alot. Ok what exactly should i take out of the list to make it more presentable?

By Nealp (Nealp) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 11:17 pm: Edit

near 90 percent of it!

By Texan (Texan) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 11:46 pm: Edit

take susan's advice and put it by activity rather than year...and let everything be there but put it in priority order...

By Parentofteen (Parentofteen) on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 11:56 pm: Edit

I don't see how you can be rejected by anyone with such an impressive list of stats and ECs. I would take Susan's advice, also, and just reorganize your list of activities.

I see leadership skills with your organization of the music therapy program and your dedication to spending time with the residents weekly. To me, that shows greater initiative than heading up a school club that only meets for thirty minutes every other week.

Good luck with your applications. You deserve a place anywhere you apply.

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 06:26 am: Edit

thx Parentofteen, i needed some optimism there lol. Yea i'll follow Susan's advice for my list. Now, lets focus on my shot for actual colleges.

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 03:29 pm: Edit

anyone?

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 06:07 pm: Edit

hey c'mon now

By Cornell00 (Cornell00) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 06:20 pm: Edit

no dont listen to them dont take off 90% off your list! some are really good you just need to lave the really good ones , it all depends on you though

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 08:53 pm: Edit

to take off, or not to take off...

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Friday, September 05, 2003 - 03:53 pm: Edit

hello

By Lindz0722 (Lindz0722) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 12:21 am: Edit

come on, figure it out for yourself! we can't help you there. take off the things that are repetitive (all the "continuing member" stuff) and that don't really mean much.

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 08:11 am: Edit

ok but i mean in terms of getting into my colleges, how do you think my chances are?

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 01:45 pm: Edit

assuming i put together a nice presentable list, how are my chances for the colleges i want (and can we please be a little specific here?) thx

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 08:03 pm: Edit

oh btw, im thinking of takin the ACT. Would any of my colleges think its an inferior test to SAT?

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 08:48 pm: Edit

help me!

By Neo (Neo) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 08:52 pm: Edit

Think for yourself.

Do you want us to apply to college for you too?

These forums are for advice. Noone can tell you what you should do with any degree of certainty. We're not fortune-tellers. Everyone's given some sort of an opinion on your chances, and the majority of people believe that you need to trim and organize your ECs. If you're not following either of those two bits of advice, then what would be the point of providing you with more?

By Aqdy5 (Aqdy5) on Saturday, September 06, 2003 - 09:45 pm: Edit

i understand that man. But I'm not talking bout my EC list anymore. I'm concerned with my chances at the colleges


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